China Southern Airlines homes in on Heathrow from Wuhan

There were celebrations at Wuhan on 30 May to mark the launch of China Southern Airlines flights to London Heathrow. The 8,867-kilometre route will be operated three times weekly using A330-200s. The Chinese carrier already operates to Heathrow from Guangzhou, while it will add another link to the UK airport from Sanya, starting in July.

  • China Southern Airlines began two new routes in quick succession this week, launching services from Wuhan (WUH) to London Heathrow (LHR) on 30 May, followed by flights from Guangzhou (CAN) to Da Nang (DAD) on 1 June. The 8,867-kilometre Wuhan to Heathrow service will be flown three times weekly using the airline’s A330-200s, with no direct competition being provided. OAG Schedules Analyser data shows that China Southern already operates into Heathrow from Guangzhou and, in addition to the new Wuhan route, it will add a further connection to the London hub in July when it introduces a twice-weekly service from Sanya. The 975-kilometre Asian link between Guangzhou and Da Nang will be operated daily by the carrier’s mixed fleet of 737s. This route faces incumbent competition in the form of Vietnam Airlines (three weekly flights) and Hainan Airlines (twice-weekly). 

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